Also see this post on what to wear when you work from home, including the concept of a loungewear capsule.
An anonymous commenter had this request:
I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for those of us who work at home. I am lucky enough to do so, but it means that 3-4 days out of the week, I don’t leave the house and only have contact with other people online. As a result, I tend to wear comfy t-shirts and pants most of the time and my nicer things hang in my closet, rarely getting worn. There are times when I really feel stuck in a stay-at-home wardrobe rut, but the fact is, no one is going to see me and I need to be comfortable sitting at my computer all day. Any suggestions on how to change up my home office uniform?
Originally posted 2011-03-07 06:16:19.
The concept of “trying too hard” irks me. People are constantly being criticized for putting forth minimal effort, and yet we censure them for being overly enthusiastic, too. Talk about a lose-lose proposition.
And yet, I’ve gotten several reader questions about “trying too hard” stylistically, and I understand why. When I was 13, I felt certain that simply OWNING and WEARING cool clothes would make me cool … but when I got my hands on an entire Esprit ensemble and wore it to school, I was still shunned. And the feeling I had? Trying too hard. Specifically trying too hard to fit into a group that didn’t want me, trying too hard to adopt a style that had nothing to do with my own tastes, trying too hard to be someone I’d never be.
Originally posted 2011-04-27 06:19:27.
I may weigh in on style rules around here, but I can’t say I’m terribly fond of them. Understanding them, knowing why they exist and how they work, and applying them occasionally as guidelines works just fine. But crafting every outfit around them? I’ll pass.
Especially since so many style rules are straight-up bullshit. Here are few of my infuriating faves:
- Fat girls can’t wear skinny jeans
- Skinny girls can’t wear chunky jewelry
- Short girls can’t wear long skirts
- Tall girls can’t wear platforms
- Curvy girls can’t wear stripes
- Boyishly-figured girls can’t wear pencil skirts
- Busty girls can’t wear turtlenecks
- Flat girls can’t wear bikinis
What a load.
As if a busty gal would BURST INTO FLAMES should she pull on a turtleneck. As if a short gal will sear the eyes of onlookers should she dare wear a maxi dress. As if there is one, and only one, choice for dressing and it is to create the tallest, skinniest, yet simultaneously most hourglass-y figure possible. At any cost. Including comfort, personal preference, and seasonal appropriateness. Makes me livid.
Originally posted 2011-04-06 06:08:18.